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1 month in Indonesia (open to other Asia suggestions)

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by jjmochi, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    Who's Bangka Chilli??? :p

    I'd say your experience of no big fish is pretty much representative of most of Asia - things I've seen at Bangka that I'd call bigger fish would be a pod of pilot whales, an army of bumpheads happily chomping get buzzed by a thuggery of GTS on their way somewhere in a hurry, solitary barracudas and breeding size grouper and the odd reef shark around Bangkas dive spots.

    Unfortunately the ocean doesn't always play nice and give us what we ordered.

    Now will you ALL stop going to Bangka...you know it wasn't that long ago I decided to decamp to Bunaken because the only other two divers on Bangka had left three days before and I hadn't heard of those new fangled Kindle things and had read Superfreakonomics twice. Wasn't bored with the diving, was bored with myself :D

    Hope Bangka decides to let you see it's best side
     
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  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    It's your Bangka, Wingy. Thanks so very much for telling me about it when you did. I tried to keep it secret for 4 years but it appears that the cat is out of the bag, so to speak.

    Yes, I've seen the pilot whales too but only from the surface. Were you actually diving when you saw them?
     
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  3. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    Yes Chilli at Batu Mandi - I suspect they were taking a shortcut through the Bangka straight. I've had a couple of encounters with them at Richeleiu and Hin Muang too - here I get lucky and have had a humpback mum and youngster and greys beaked whale cruise by. Not an every day or even every year occurrence though. It did take me 11 years to find a common old seahorse though if it makes any difference....ticked all the exotics but your good old chain store variety? Not until last year at Komodo....

    Ocean is quite contrary isn't it?
     
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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Mother Nature sends her gifts from the sea but then, some times she does not.

    You've certainly been blessed.
     
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  5. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    What? You guys saw big stuff in Bangka? Lucky you. All I saw were these couple of yellow variation Bargibati Pygmy seahorses kissing.

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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    That's all you saw?
     
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  7. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    lol if that's all you saw I'd be asking for a new guide
     
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  8. Luko

    Luko Regular of the Pub

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    Well... it's the first time I hear there is no fish in Bangka. Here's how Sahaung 2 looks below 30m. It's covered with fish and taht pic is taken with a 10mm fisheye which means everything looks further away than it is : if you look in the distance there are thousands of fish, it's blanketed with sweetlips, snappers, fusiliers, reef fish, etc. Nowhere like Bunaken which is for me scarce with fishlife.

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    More scarcely some whitetip sharks (except the usual under the coral tables) and of course every pygmy seahorse you can name, especially pontohi and severnsi species, plus the ultra rare red pygmy pipefish festucalex rufus.

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  9. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Of course not. Just pulling your leg, but I saw no dugong, no pelagic, no sharks, no bumphead parrotfish, just little stuff that I need magnifying glasses to see them.
     
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  10. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    You've got to get lucky to see the dugong.
     
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